In celebration of Black History Month, the Michael Schwartz Library honors Clevelanders of African descent that have made a significant contribution beyond their own personal and family life to the history and development of Cleveland. The display not only features local past luminaries in sports, entertainment, and politics, but also includes individuals who have shined in science, engineering, education, business, medicine, journalism and more.
The photos in the posters on display are from the Cleveland Press Collection in Special Collections and represent only a small number of those that can be viewed online in Notable Blacks of Cleveland as part of the Cleveland Memory Project. Memorabilia was provided by Prester Picket, Coordinator, Howard A Mims African American Cultural Center.
Did you know that Alonzo Wright (1898-1976) was one of the most successful black entrepreneurs in Cleveland's history and was the city's first African American millionaires? Learn this and more by visiting the Black History Month display in the Library through February.